At the Sign of Triumph

At the Sign of Triumph

Book - 2016
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"The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels. But Charis had something far more powerful than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die where they stood in its defense. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold's founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin, the cybernetic avatar of a woman dead over a thousand years, who was determined to break the Church's grip upon the human mind and soul. So after eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and faced with the unthinkable it’s decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2016.
Edition: 1st ed.
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ISBN: 9780765325587
0765325586
Call Number: WEBER
Characteristics: 764 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Science fiction.
Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
Life on other planets -- Fiction.
Space warfare -- Fiction.

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OhGod
Apr 02, 2018

Read it if you are a fan of the series. But be prepared to take some time. This book does not flow well and is NOT an easy read. As others have noted this is a loooooong book that brings the war part of the series to an end while leaving open the possibility for another or even an anthology or two. While I did enjoy the story it was LOOOOOOOOONG and made mostly so by the introduction of dead end characters and micro plots that seemed to only be there to up the word count.(or provide basis for the anthologies...?) The many passages where Mr Weber spent 3-4 pages of detailed descriptions and development of characters that then get blown apart 2 pages later became repetitious and distracting after awhile. I found myself falling out of the enjoyment of the reading and mentally screaming at the author to just get on with it!!! Overall I was satisfied with the read and the "conclusion" of the series.

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NealWSyrette
Sep 16, 2017

After reading all of the books in this series (that I have already that is; something like 5-6), my only hope for Weber's writing now, would be for Merlin Anthraws to finally gets the entirety of the Safeholdians together as one, only so that the entire planet finally gets discovered and then gets completely wiped out by the Gbaba... thereby ending this long drawn out, pleading, death cry that is this series.

This is my only hope for this series. (Like this series, all that effort on the parts of the multitude of unrealistic characters, literally becomes all for absolutely nothing)

"Wrap it up B! Wrap that sh-t up!"

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1clayconnolly
Dec 26, 2016

limited plot development, the content could have put in a hundred pages and there was no need for that much paper to be wasted. I think Weber had a contract to fill and told his computer to produce the required volume.

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Imaginos1892
Dec 19, 2016

If they buy 20 copies to meet immediate demand, what do they do in a couple of months when demand drops and they only need 2 or 3? I'm sure a lot of people would like to get an almost-new copy for a couple of bucks, but that's not good for the library.

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ChrisLea
Dec 09, 2016

Thys serys is brought to you by the lettyr 'y'.

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mammothhawk229e
Nov 16, 2016

Way too long & I had to look up previous books's maps to guess where the front lines & home front sideshows were. It only finish first arc not the hidden Ghaba subplot.
Imperial German helmets on cover? Really?
Second half bit rushed & bit a let down.
David Weber infodump style make me very reluctant to read sequel.

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Darkragman
Aug 09, 2016

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